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Gen Z Frenzy

Word Vomit

Eloise Lonsdale
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Word Vomit: (n) The words that come out of  your mo uth without any thought, often when you are drunk, embarrassed, angry, or given  criticism in a social environment.  

I think Cady Heron from Mean Girls was the first to popularise this phrase in 2004, but it was long before then that the phenomenon was acknowledged –even by me and I was five at the time.  

Other variants of the phrase include verbal diarrhoea or word soup, but word vomit is my favourite because it communicates that all too familiar feeling of nausea experienced for a while even after ‘vomit’ has passed. 

I’m personally visited by the reminder of past word vomit around three to five times a day. My brain interrupts me at random intervals to remind me of the many times I have chatted so much rubbish that people have had to take shifts sitting next to me. I dread to think what subjects I’ve covered to some poor individual in someone’s kitchen, but I have a nasty feeling I once went back as far as what part I played in my Yr 2 performance of The Very Hungry Caterpillar.  

Fear of falling into this trap though has led me to the opposite side of the spectrum; I now try to keep conversation so light that I fear I just come across as rude. Things like giving one-word answers or not continuing conversations makes me feel like I’ve dodged a vomit bullet, but I’m increasingly aware that I may come across as dismissive and more Regina George than Cady Heron. (If you don’t get these Mean Girls references, I’m sorry and you should be too). 

It’s become very clear in recent years that the issue – especially for my generation – is a lack of confidence. A recent survey commissioned by  Smile Direct Club has shown that we Gen Z’s are the least confident age group, spending an average of 36 minutes per day feeling self-conscious – what a fantastic waste of time. 

The key is to have faith: no-one’s asking you to give a TED Talk but I’m sure you have enough about you to string a sentence together. Easier said than done, I must admit. 

May you all find a happy medium – and if in doubt, shut up. 


Wed 13 Oct 2021

Book your tickets to the first ever food and farming literature festival in the UK, hosted by FarmED and co-curated by Chelsea Green Publishing, which celebrates the words, stories and experiences from the wonderful world of regenerative farming and sustainable food.

Wed 6 Oct 2021

After a whole year of limited exercise, now’s the time to pull on the plimsoles and book a fantastic walking tour.  Ask William has teamed up with some of the best guides in the city, using state of the art sound systems, to offer truly memorable guided tours where you will be delighted by glimpses of Oxford well off the beaten path – with access to sights not normally enjoyed by the casual visitor.   

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Tue 5 Oct 2021

Carbon Chronicles

Reducing my carbon impact one month at a time

My friend and I were discussing how frustrating it is that we recycle pretty much everything apart from cosmetics. She then told me something so cute I wanted to weep: there is an animal rescue charity that uses old mascara wands to rehabilitate injured animals.

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Mon 4 Oct 2021

Gen Z Frenzy

Word Vomit

Word Vomit: (n) The words that come out of  your mouth  without any thought, often when you are drunk, embarrassed, angry, or given  criticism in a social environment.